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John Maynard, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Professor Maynard has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of literature, languages and higher education

Witnessing many changes and firsts during his decades on the NYU campus, Professor John Maynard was instrumental in fostering a culture of intellectual and individual diversity.

    NEW YORK, NY, February 03, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present John Maynard, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Professor Maynard celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Currently Emeritus Professor, Professor Maynard has taught at New York University in the department of English for forty-four years. Hired as an assistant professor in 1974, he later became an associate professor in 1976 before becoming a full professor from 1983. During his tenure, Professor Maynard also chaired the English Department from 1983 to 1989 and the New York University Faculty Council from 1983 to 1984, served on 10 search, promotion and tenure committees for the Department, and was Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Out of all the work Professor Maynard Performed over his tenure at NYU, he particularly enjoyed teaching seminars and supervising doctoral dissertations for students (45 of them). Previously, he taught at Harvard University, his alma mater, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for five years as an assistant professor of English beginning in 1969. While teaching at Harvard, Professor Maynard also spent three years as the Head Tutor of History and Literature.

Witnessing many changes and firsts during his decades on the NYU campus, Professor Maynard was instrumental in fostering a culture of intellectual and individual diversity. He also recalls the beginning of literary theory courses. Very notably, he was also responsible for raising more than two million dollars for the English department during his NYU career. The money raised by Professor Maynard has gone to support graduate students, establish prizes, and provide funding for the Department's Biography Seminar.

Professor Maynard won the Thomas Wilson Prize for his first book, Browning's Youth, with Harvard (1977). The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship from 1979 to 1980 to write a book, Dr. Maynard authored Charlotte Bronte and Sexuality. Released in 1984 by Cambridge, it raises fundamental questions about our understanding of Victorian sexuality. In 1993 he published Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion, also with Cambridge. He has since written and edited extensively, including the scholarly journal Victorian Literature and Culture that he co-edited for Cambridge for 26 years, evaluating somewhere between four and five thousand submissions. He was made Emeritus Editor of the journal by Cambridge after his period of editing. He also edited twelve books, and authored close to ninety articles. Professor Maynard's more recent books are Browning Re-Viewed in 1998 and Literary Intention, Literary Interpretation, and Readers in 2009. Prof. Maynard is noted as being part of an early discussion of sexuality, and sexuality and religion, in Victorian literature as well as a predecessor, in his contextual work on Browning, of New Historicism; his latest work has been focused on issues of interpretation and readers.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Professor Maynard served as a visiting professor at Ca' Foscari, University of Venice, in Italy in 1991 and at the University of Paris 8 in Saint-Denis, France, in 2010. Furthermore, he has conducted close to 50 presentations and panels over the course of his career. In order to keep abreast of developments in his field, he has maintained affiliation with a number of professional organizations such as the International Association of University Professors of English, the Modern Language Association, PEN America and the NYU Biography Seminar (currently co-director). Professor Maynard has also involved himself with the Browning Institute, the Signet Society, the Fly Club, the Andiron Club, the Brooklyn Heights Association, and the Concord Square Association.

Prior to embarking on his career, Dr. Maynard pursued an education at Harvard University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature, summa cum laude, in 1963 and, after a year as a Sheldon traveling fellow, a Doctor of Philosophy in English in 1970. After finishing his undergraduate thesis on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he traveled to Europe and North Africa on a Sheldon fellowship, learning languages for planned graduate work on the Renaissance. When he returned to Harvard, he eventually switched to a new field, nineteenth-century British literature. Professor Maynard completed his dissertation on the cultural environment of Robert Browning, which, much extended, developed into his first book. Professor Maynard now devotes himself to writing poetry.

For excellence in his career, Professor Maynard has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.. He has also notably been included in more than 45 editions of Who's Who, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who in the World. Born in Williamsville, New York, Professor Maynard now resides in New York City and is the proud father of one son, Alex, who is Professor of Economics at Guelf University, Canada, and who, with Junyi Chen, has two children, Luke and Lillian. Professor Maynard was married to Florence Michelson and to Ursula Krammer, and has been with Joan Arkin for twenty years, whose son, Jason Arkin, has a son Damian with Lori Arkin.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Professor Maynard has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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